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I love USB 3.0!

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
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    What's eSATA btw? I mean are their different hard disks which are eSATA or what
    eSata is just another attachment like USB. You have it either directly on your board or you can get a PCI card like for USB3. It attaches directly to the internal Sata channel. Although the specs are lower than the USB3 specs, in real life it is faster.

    I run it with an external enclosure like this one and you can put any Sata disk into it. Right now I have a SSD in it from where I run my virtual systems (5x Linux, Windows 8.1 and Android).

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by ithehappy View Post
    I am with OP and his excitement. When I first got mine (Sony, not WD) I was thinking something is wrong :P Cause I had not read any reviews before buying. But then from 30-31 MB per sec to something like 100+ MB per sec is just wonderful.
    However the bad part of USB 3.0 is it highly depends on drivers. I mean I have seen my friend's Intel X58 board provides transfer rate around 125-130 MB per sec, while mine averages out at 100 MB per sec. Little sad, but hey I don't care much

    What's eSATA btw? I mean are their different hard disks which are eSATA or what? I have seen the eSATA plug on my motherboard, but even in this three years I haven't even had the interest to search for it. Shame on me
    Yes shame on you. eSATA is fast very nearly as fast as having your hard drive internal. And totally reliable. My Note book only has USB 3.0 and I deal with it, it is fast nearly as fast as eSATA but not near as reliable. I have external eSATA hard dives hooked up to WS that are 24/7 machines the eSATA drives have never failed or dropped connection In the last 4 years. I'm sure that USB 3.0 External drives would disconnect at some point running like these do. I find USB 3.0 just about as flaky as USB 1.0 was. A lot to the problems I found are related to the connectors The A type connectors have very short connectors for the USB 3 connections. My WD passport 2 GB has the Mini connectors and has been flawless for 6 months or so. My NB has issues with the left side ports there on a daughterboard. I miss not having a eSATA connection but also realize that USB 3 and 3.1 are going to be far better.
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  3. #13


    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    I find USB 3.0 just about as flaky as USB 1.0 was. A lot to the problems I found are related to the connectors The A type connectors have very short connectors for the USB 3 connections. My WD passport 2 GB has the Mini connectors and has been flawless for 6 months or so. My NB has issues with the left side ports there on a daughterboard. I miss not having a eSATA connection but also realize that USB 3 and 3.1 are going to be far better.
    Strange . . . My new HP desktop has USB 3.0 and I have no problems whatsoever with it. I've had my Toshiba external 1 TB drive for about a year and have never had a disconnect with it, either while using it with USB 2.0 or 3.0. I've had the WD for several months and haven't experienced any disconnects with it either.

    Since it seems USB 3.1 won't be backward compatible, I guess it'll be awhile before I worry about that one.
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  4. #14


    India
    Posts : 8
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    What's eSATA btw? I mean are their different hard disks which are eSATA or what
    eSata is just another attachment like USB. You have it either directly on your board or you can get a PCI card like for USB3. It attaches directly to the internal Sata channel. Although the specs are lower than the USB3 specs, in real life it is faster.

    I run it with an external enclosure like this one and you can put any Sata disk into it. Right now I have a SSD in it from where I run my virtual systems (5x Linux, Windows 8.1 and Android).
    Okay, thanks, so let me get this straight, if I get one of that eSATA docking station I will be able to connect my External HD to eSATA of my motherboard?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    As far as USB 3.0, I only have one device that uses it. It's a Seagate 3TB external HDD.

    Yeah, it's pretty fast. But I'm not quite as enthusiastic as OP. Then again, I've become fairly apathetic about new tech given I've seen it come and go so fast. In the computer industry there's "breakthroughs" just about every day. USB 3.0 is just another one of them, and it'll be replaced with something even better in a couple years or something. So, yeah, I'm underwhelmed by most stuff, depressing as it may be. I've learned to just buy what's current and not sweat about what's coming.

    The only thing that's got me a bit excited is "quantum computers". By what I can understand about them, when it does really hit, they're going to be quite a game-changer.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    By what I can understand about them, when it does really hit, they're going to be quite a game-changer
    Hmm, speaking of game changers... when "wearable computing" takes off, does that mean we'll have to carry the batteries in our "underware?"
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  7. #17


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    By what I can understand about them, when it does really hit, they're going to be quite a game-changer
    Hmm, speaking of game changers... when "wearable computing" takes off, does that mean we'll have to carry the batteries in our "underware?"
    Is that a battery in your pants or you just happy to see me?
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Is that a battery in your pants or you just happy to see me?
    When they told me I'd have to take Lithium every day I didn't think it would come to this.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Okay, thanks, so let me get this straight, if I get one of that eSATA docking station I will be able to connect my External HD to eSATA of my motherboard?
    If you have an eSata port - either on your mobo or via a PCI card, you can attach external disks that are eSata capable or any Sata disk thru an enclosure like I posted earlier (can also be a closed enclosure). The eSata port connects directly to the sata channel, that's why it is so fast.
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  10. #20


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    By what I can understand about them, when it does really hit, they're going to be quite a game-changer
    Hmm, speaking of game changers... when "wearable computing" takes off, does that mean we'll have to carry the batteries in our "underware?"
    It's better than carrying the bulky stuff on yer wrist, especially if you're a gal.

    Back when I was a Microsoft MVP, I won a couple of those smart watches. They were way, way ahead of their time, and quite bulky, but I wore mine for awhile. They didn't do a whole lot, and required a subscription to keep them alive. Eventually, I let my subscription lapse and stopped wearing the watch.

    I wish I could remember what I did with them, because I'd like to compare them to the newer ones coming out. They're probably packed away somewhere with a lot of old technology that I wanted to keep. Sigh . . .
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